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Response Cars & Medic Units
In 2009 Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue responded to over 30,000 incidents. Of these, 24,000 were medical calls such as: car & pedestrian accidents, childbirth, cardiac arrest and broken bones. In addition to our engine and truck companies with one or more paramedics, TVF&R has newer tools that help us respond to the growing number of medical calls in a cost-effective and sustainable manner.

Medic Units
TVF&R currently has three Medic Units in its fleet. These units are staffed with two paramedics, carry advanced life support equipment and tools, and—as licensed ambulances—can transport patients when needed or requested by Metro West or AMR. The Medic Unit responds to critical medical emergencies such as chest pain and breathing problems, assaults, overdose, pregnancy problems, seizures, and strokes.  These are based at fire stations in King City, Progress, and North Beaverton and are deployed Tuesday through Friday, from 7 am – 5 pm

Medic Unit.
Data / Information

MED Units Incident Summary
May 1, 2010 - April 30, 2011 (pdf)

CAR Units Incident Summary
May 1, 2010 - April 30, 2011 (pdf) 

Maintenance / Operational Cost Per Mile (xls) 

CAR PowerPoint Presentation (PP) 

Evaluation of the TVF&R Car Program for
non-emergency response

2010 Deployment Changes (pdf)
TVF&R is one of first departments in the country to add Cars to its emergency response fleet. The Car—with one paramedic—is a cost-effective option for responding to situations that don’t require a traditional fire engine and four-person crew. Approximately 100,000 incidents were analyzed to identify the situations appropriate for a Car and single responder. The Car is outfitted with basic equipment and supplies, and a data terminal with computerized response maps and instantaneous information on every 9-1-1 call.

The Car will respond to non life-threatening medical and public service calls such as abdominal pain, ground level fall, headache, odor investigation, sick person, fire alarms, and smoke detector problems. Although the majority of situations responded to by the Car are non-emergency (Code1), the Car can be upgraded to respond more quickly or the paramedic can call for more units if a situation worsens. In addition, the Car can be added to a cardiac incident if closer than other units or a fire when more resources are needed.

Why the FJ Cruiser? TVFR Response Car
As a public agency TVF&R is responsible for and committed to wisely investing its tax dollars. With that in mind—and after researching similar programs in the U.S., Europe, and United Kingdom—the Toyota FJ Cruiser was chosen for its 4WD capability, balance, traction, and survivability, as well as its reliability and resale. Our emergency vehicles are in-service longer than the average consumer’s automobile and, when it comes time to replace, our goal is to get the best return on our original investment. We believe the FJ helps us not only achieve our operational goals, but the fiscal stewardship that our taxpayers expect.

The FJ Cruisers were purchased “used “ in an effort to save money and they represent a very small percentage of what TVF&R has spent on vehicles and apparatus over the last six years. The majority of TVF&R’s fleet–which includes engines, trucks, squirts, medic units, command vehicles, pick-up trucks, and wildland units—is purchased from American-made and owned manufacturers. 
The CARs are based at fire stations in Aloha, Beaverton, Tigard and Wilsonville, and are also deployed Tuesday through Friday, between the hours of 7 am – 5 pm. The stations and schedule were determined after analyzing incident data to pinpoint exactly where, when, and how often non-emergency medical and public service calls occur.

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